All That Glitters

Drama-less Jewelry Inspections

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net It’s something most people rarely think about… the present condition of your fine jewelry; and that can include that expensive watch you have been wearing nonstop for a couple of decades or so. I am the first stop when something goes terribly wrong. For example, the loss of the important and highly cherished center ... Read More »

Change: It’s a Way of Life?

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Change is supposed to be good, but for many, even the suggestion of change can be downright traumatic for them. Change has been my way of life since I read that seemingly silly book “Who moved my Cheese” by Spencer Johnson. You can read the whole book in about an hour, but what you ... Read More »

Shoulda Woulda Auwtah Coulda

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Yes, my title is a true massacre of the King’s language, but no other words I can think of can better describe the topic of this column. Most everyone has experienced a missed opportunity or, in extreme cases, like waiting for your ship to come in while sitting at the regional airport. Lots of ... Read More »

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net These are the winning numbers to the quest of the $10,000 Green Marco Diamond Ring. A blindfolded drawing consisting of 40 chart holders in the lottery pick with the correct co-ordinate numbers was held, and only one was chosen. The lucky winner of the Green Diamond Ring was Ms. Darlene Canton of Marco Island. ... Read More »

Diamonds on the Soles of His Shoes

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I believe it’s a verse from a Paul Simon song, and it’s something that can occasionally occur by accident in a jewelry shop that happens to work with really tiny diamonds. It can happen. Crazy you say? I guarantee shoe soles and heels impregnated with industrial diamonds would last darn near a life time or ... Read More »

Diamonds are Still a Girl’s Best Friend

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net A remarkable comeback is underway, and that is a renewed desire for nice diamond jewelry. I’m not talking about the blasé quality stuff (a nice way to say it) offered to the public for the past six years or so, but a true emergence of quality and fineness. I admit I’m guilty. For reasons of ... Read More »

To be or not to be… Enhanced

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I may have touched on this subject in the past but the increase in popularity on Clarity Enhanced (C.E.) diamonds have piqued the interest of many that are unaware of the product and process in my shop the past couple of months. Yes, it’s true some jewelers won’t even consider selling them in their ... Read More »

The Quest for the Marco Green Diamond Ring

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Want to have some fun and intrigue? While experiencing a rare idle moment, I came up with the idea of why not give something valuable away for free to generate (instigate) some controversy, get people talking, and who knows, I’ll also get some new faces and former faces I have not seen in the ... Read More »

Web…site unseen

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Billions and billions of dollars are spent by folks using the internet, and there is no doubt a good percentage of that dough is generated right here in my household between my wife’s tennis addiction that involves ordering tennis shoes and trendy outfits that match the shoes let a lone the latest rackets and accessories. ... Read More »

Buyer’s Remorse 101

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I heard the term “buyer’s remorse” the other day, and it is not a subject most care to discuss especially when they have experienced it first hand. Being an appraiser of diamonds and fine jewelry for more than 35 years, lets just say I can unleash the unpleasant emotion more often than I care to ... Read More »

The Pleasure of Sea Life Jewelry

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I love the quote “if you’ve got it flaunt it,” and that holds true for those of us who live here in paradise either full or part time. Besides being truly fortunate, I think we also are smarter than the average bear; I still have lots of friends who tell me over and over ... Read More »

A Goldsmith’s Tales of Christmas past

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net While working yet another long day and burning many evenings worth of midnight oil in my workshop with my 21-year-old son, Andrew, I tried to ignore hearing his complaints about working late. I came to the realization that this was to be my 44th Christmas season in this crazy business. If he only knew ... Read More »

Painfully Cheap Isn’t Frugal

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I know what you’re thinking, here goes Richard again, ranting about people who enter his jewelry store. Notice I said people, not customers. I love my regular customers; I have even begun rewarding the faithful with special V.I.P. card memberships to offer them sincere savings, perks and freebees for their patronage during these tough years. ... Read More »

November’s Birthstone: A Cornucopia of Color

You will not be invisible with vibrant colored topaz. PHOTO BY RICHARD ALAN

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net November is a great month for birthstones. It’s a virtual “pick a color – any color!” Topaz is an old Greek name for Topazios, an island located in the Red Sea. Which, in fact, was actually an ancient source for peridot – the ancients confused it with topaz. Today, citrine is almost always confused with ... Read More »

In gold we trust?

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net In gold we trust? Don’t get the wrong impression; I’m not about to give you a stock market tip that will change your life forever. But recently something very strange has been going on. Gold has begun to fall out of favor from the very souls who caused it to soar to unimaginable costs in ... Read More »

Euro-eye opener

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net It’s nice to be missed. By the time this story is published I will be back on the island and back to the grindstone after spending nearly six weeks on a “working” vacation in Europe. From what I have heard so far I didn’t miss much around these parts. Years ago my friend Tom ... Read More »

Sicilian Hospitality

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net It only took less than an hour before the whole village knew the Americanos were in town. My friend Al and I accepted our mutual friend or “gum bade” Davide y (of Davide’s cafe) invitation to spend a week with his “family” in the seaside resort village of Tres Fontane in southeastern Sicily. Little ... Read More »

High Heat Hot Colors

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Whew! It’s hot and so is the demand for colored gemstones, pendants, earrings and rings sporting deep purple or pastel green amethysts with dabs of electric blue or bright yellow topaz to mix or match bold colors. I have made pieces with a rainbow of colors in just a single pair of earrings and ... Read More »

To Appraise or not to Appraise?

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net You probably need a written appraisal.” Is my answer to questions when I am asked to put a value on a customer’s article(s) of jewelry. Often while aimlessly wandering about the island or enjoying a day at the beach it is not unusual to have a ring or a watch thrust into my face ... Read More »

Catching a Breath

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan What do you mean, Richard isn’t here? The light at the end of the tunnel I presumed to be an oncoming train was actually daylight and a sign of good things to come. To my surprise the move I dreaded making from Front Street, my original location on the island for 17 years to my ... Read More »